Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November 13, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Kindness Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 13, 2019 The Schiff Impeachment Hearing Circus opened today with appropriate fireworks and MSM spin of validation of a quid pro quo that the Ukraine President has consistently denied (Jordan’s comment perhaps said it best dismissing Taylor with a scoff “And you are their best witness?”); the American people will have to decide for themselves over whether allegations based on second and third hand hearsay over a withholding of arms support that never occurred at a time the Ukraine had not knowledge of an alleged quid pro quo should merit impeachment in the backdrop of an Obama Administration whose only military support consisted of meals and blankets; though not under oath, lying Schiff claimed he did not know the identity of the “whistleblower” and probably if asked would lie that he or his staff had no interaction with him or her; Always Bias Cack still smarting over its spiking of the leaking of the open mic of Amy Robach on the Epstein death is back in the bias news with “pseudo independent” ABC contributor Matthew Dowd’s sexist tweet against Red Representative Elise Stafanik who has attacked the Blue Impeachment Hearings; Trump despite the efforts of the Blues to hobble him with bogus impeachment allegations was meeting with President of Turkey Erdogan and at a press conference claimed he would release the transcript of an earlier call with the Ukraine President; on the feline front a cat in a shelter in Texas has been sentenced to solitary confinement after repeatedly freeing his cat shelter mates; in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of  November 11, 2019, 2430 have been shot, of whom, 415 have died;  Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 295 have been murdered (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes,  the fact you are blessed by being able to memorably propine when the occasion demands it and a relevant quote on the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Kindness Daycreated by the World Kindness Movement in 1998 to promote in our communities acts of kindness and to publicize such acts to encourage more acts for the benefit of our communities.    
2. Sadie Hawkins Day—created as a result of the cartoon strip created by Al Capp Lil Abner who lived in Dogpatch and celebrated one day of the year when women there could date the men of their choice in what feminists might call a liberating event.        
3. 1982 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1982 on this day on a run of 3 weeks in the position was “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxjziGGcdQ . The duet won an Academy Award for best Original  Song and Warnes continued to perform solo today and Cocker who struggled with heroin and alcohol and smoked 40 cigarettes a day until 1991 died from lung cancer at age 70 on December 22, 2014.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “propine” which means to pledge in drinking which one often sees in toasts by members of a wedding party.
5. like A Falling Stone--celebrating the birthday on this day in 2000 of Hannah Stone, noted young New Tube singer who sadly after gaining almost 400,000 followers committed suicide on November 1, 2017. 
On this day in: 
      a. 1947 the Soviet Union completed development of the AK-47, the most widely distributed assault rifle on Earth. 
      b. 1969 some 45,000 anti war protesters each carrying the name of a member of the military killed in the Vietnam War peacefully marched from Arlington National Cemetery to the White House in the March Against Death to protest the Vietnam War and demand its end.
      c. 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated after a march to the site by thousands of Vietnam War Veterans.
 d. 2013 Hawaii legalized same sex marriages.
 e. 2015 in Paris, a series of coordinated jihadist terrorist attacks in the 10th and 11th Arrondissements killed 130 people, wounded over 400, of whom 100 were serious and punched the one way tickets to Paradise of 7 jihadists.
Reflections on the sickness of jihadism that justifies slaughter of innocent infidels: Paris was attacked not because of what the French do, as some Blame-The-West intellectuals claim, but because of what the French are: infidels who refuse to see the light of Islam. “ Amir Taheri conservative, controversial Irani journalist.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Pizza Day with the Works Except Anchovies


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 12, 2019 Not sure of whether it is another example of the delusion gripping HRC over her 2016 loss but news out is that she is touting that “many” people want her to get in the race; the Schiff Rush to Impeachment farce is looking more and more like an unbelievable soap opera with news today that the ICIG has filed a complaint that the “whistleblower” who Schiff wants to shelter from identification and cross examination may have violated federal law by raising over $250,000 from anonymous sources in a Go Fund Me Account which should not surprise anyone given that one of the “whistleblower’s” lawyers Zeid tweeted in 2017 that the coup against the president has already started (Schiff’s restrictive rules for the public hearing are the equivalent of a lack of due process lynching of the duly elected president); the Blues are playing a despicable game of “Whack-a-Mole” moving from the failed Russian collusion delusion to obstruction of justices to quid pro quo to now the idiotic claim that Trump is guilty of extortion and bribery leaving one to im wonder what idiotic imagined act will they come up with next to push their impeachment goal; while the Blues are bending over backwards to insure illegals crossing our border are housed, fed, clothed and provided with medical attention our citizen homeless population in Blue run cities continues to skyrocket with living conditions rivaling third world slums in terms of crime, deaths, diseases, filth and trash to the point that in L.A. police officers working in L.A. and in contact with the homeless are coming down with serious diseases and pedestrians run the risk of having feces thrown at them or having to dodge piles of feces and puddles of urine on the sidewalks; Jackson Kermion, a graduate student instructor at Cal Berkeley, typifies the elite ivy tower denizens by proclaiming rural people are “bad people” who  deserve being shamed because they are not “pro city” (how nutty can this idiot be bookended by San Francisco and Oakland that are awash in needles, feces, filth and homeless living right next to Berkeley?); the MSM especially CNN must have had strokes as they remain largely silent over what many are implying that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself but rather was killed and largely have ignored the hot mic incident by Amy Robach covering his death; on the burger wars front, Cook Out a burger chain with 250 outlets is in a public relations nightmare after one of its employees refused to serve a policeman which prompted the firing of the employee and the store manager on duty at that time (what is with servers who deny service to the people they would have to call if the outlet was robbed?); in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of  November 11, 2019, 2429 have been shot, of whom, 414 have died but in a minor miracle none on the 11th ; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 295 have been murdered (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Daryll Hall and John Oates,  the fact you are blessed by being prolix and a relevant quote on terror and defense spending by Ben Shapiro,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Pneumonia Daycreated by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia on November 12, 2009 to create awareness of a preventable  disease that affects some 155 million children under the age of 5  a year, causing some 1.6 million deaths.   
2. National Pizza Day with the Works Except Anchovies Day—today is the day to splurge on pizza by loading up with all the various toppings offered except those canned and salty, small bony fish unless of course you are an iconoclast like this poet and love anchovies.        
3. 1981 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1981 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall and John Oates. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsntlJZ9h1U. This noted singer and songwriter duo formed in 1967 are still going strong and touring today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prolix” which means long winded which describes too many politicians to a tee.
5. 10 Again and Again--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1961 of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci who in the 1976 Olympics became the first gymnast to record a perfect 10 in her event enroute to a Gold Medal. She retired after two Olympics with 5 Gold Medals, 3 Silvers and 1 Bronze.  
On this day in: 
      a. 1969 in a very black day for the U.S. Army independent journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story of the My Lai Massacre that on March 16, 1968 resulted in the massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed men, women, children and infants at My Lai, South Vietnam.. 
      b. 1990 Tim Berners-Lee published his proposal for the World Wide Web and the Internet Era was about to be off and running.
      c. 1997 Ramzi Yousef was found guilty in a U.S. Court of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and this jihadist scumbag is rotting in a Super Max federal prison where he will spend the rest of his miserable life.
 d. 1993 a sculpture honoring the women who served in the Vietnam War was dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
 e. 2001 the Taliban abandoned Kabul, Afghanistan ahead of advancing Northern Alliance Forces.
Reflections on the prevention of terrorist attacks: “If the United States had maintained its spending under Ronald Reagan, it is possible that the attacks of 9/11 - presaged by Islamic terror attacks on multiple American targets beginning with the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 - would have been stopped.” Ben Shapiro, noted conservative commentator and speaker.
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National Pizza Day With the works Except for Anchovies Mutt Lynch's

November 12 as I was preparing Ridley's Believe It Or Not
A holiday to drive me to a pizza be sought
It's National Pizza Day with the Works Except Anchovies
Time to go to Mutt Lynch's for a pizza with the works to greet me
But this highly evolved omnivore is a food iconoclast
Day notwithstanding always love anchovies on my on my repast
Once again the Max with for my friend a 2 for 1 Tuesday pizza only with cheese
A Max with the works and a sacrilege to devour an anchovy crown
With its toppings and thick crust, easily the taste of the town
Views and sounds of the surf and a cooling breeze
Next to a couple from the Southwest of France
On vacation and thrilled at the Mutt Lynch chance
To sample great food, libations and the Newport Beach scene
A rewarding holiday meal  away from their normal French cuisine

Monday, November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Veterans' Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 11, 2019 No holiday or event is sacred to the anti-Trump zealots on the left as his Veterans’ Day speech in NYC honoring veterans was interrupted by protesters screaming “Lock him up”(where are the political adults in the Swamp to tone down the dog whistles of hate and derision?); in Canada which celebrated Armistice by having citizens buy and wear red poppies, the icon of ice hockey broadcasters, Don Cherry, was terminated for his voicing displeasure that immigrants to Canada are not wearing poppies to honor the sacrifices made by Canadian vets (something is fundamentally wrong when criticizing immigrants for failing to assimilate warrants job dismissal); Senator Harris who is chomping at the bit to vote to remove Trump if the House is dumb and biased enough to impeach him since she would not beat him in an election released a profanity laced video on his 2016 complete with a teary-eyed 4 year old godson wanting HRC to win (this pseudo senator for all Californians not just illegal aliens is a complete joke and represents what this country does not need); Castro whose campaign rightfully so is going nowhere in a desperation move blasts the first election tests in Iowa and New Hampshire as they are not diverse enough (what an idiot who lacks any sense of history as lack of diversity did not prevent Obama from winning Iowa and tying Clinton in New Hampshire); Bernie Sanders may be a Socialist but despite his woeful lack of understanding on the economy he is smart enough to read the political tea leaves to see what happened to Bozo O’Dork advocating a mandatory buyback of some guns which Sanders has now proclaimed to be unconstitutional; while San Francisco is awash in feces, urine and discarded needles, BART can use its resources to detain a rider for eating a sandwich (misplaced priorities perhaps); Morning Joe usually is out to lunch with his anti-Trump rants but he may be on to something in his prediction that Haley’s book tour is an audition for Pence’s VP spot (Haley is certainly a rising star in the Republican Party and would be an asset against the claim that the party is merely a bunch of old white men); the Arctic must have missed the memo on climate change as chilling winds are battering the Midwest and Northeast bringing snow and chilling temperatures way below normal; CNN anchor Brian Stelter is the journalistic equivalent of “Helter Skelter” comparing the impeachment hearings to a TV episode and totally MIA in terms of the Epstein scandal and death (have to protect the reputation of Bill Clinton); on the impeachment front as public hearings are soon to begin, Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, has written a well reasoned excellent piece that in the minds of the Democrats, Trump was guilty before he assumed office and the facts of the case do not support a finding of an impeachable offense--https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/impeachment-question-trump-andrew-mccarthy; in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of  November 10, 2019, 2422 have been shot, of whom, 414 have died but in a minor miracle none on the 8th or  9th ; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 296 have been murdered (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Barbara Streisand,  the fact you are blessed by being able to contain your profluent behavior and a relevant quote on the Armistice by Kurt Vonnegut,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Veterans’ Daycelebrating the active and past service of all military veterans in all branches which until 1954 used to be called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of the end of World War I, the war to end all wars whose moniker sadly did not prove true.   
2. World Orphans Day—created by the Star Foundation in 2006 and observed on the second Monday in November  to promote awareness of the issues facing the some 150 million orphans created by diseases such as aids, poverty, wars and natural disasters.        
3. 1980 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1980 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Woman in Love” by Barbara Streisand. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQLGCX8D-1Y. This very talented singer and actress is still performing at 77 as is still the bane of many Republicans, especially Trump.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “profluent” which means exuberant which describes the behavior of Trump supporters at his rallies to a tee compared to Biden’s supporters who seem on life support.
5. Strip All the Way to the Bank--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1962 of noted actress Demi Moore best known for her role in Ghost and GI Jane and whose credits also include being paid over $12 million for her performance in Striptease.  
On this day in: 
      a. 1921 the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery by President Harding. 
      b. 1940 the Royal Navy launched 21 obsolete bi-planes to attack the Italian fleet at its base in Taranto with aerial torpedoes,  sinking one battleship and inflicting heavy damage on the other warships moored there.
      c. 1967 in a propaganda event, the Viet Cong turned over 3 American POWs to anti-war activist Tom Hayden who stood trial as one of the Chicago 7 Defendants and was married to “Hanoi Jane” Fonda.
 d. 1993 a sculpture honoring the women who served in the Vietnam War was dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
 e. 2004 the Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed the death of its leader Yasser Arafat from undisclosed causes.
Reflections on the Armistice ending World War I: “All the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.” Kurt Vonnegut, noted author and World War II veteran who was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived the fire bombing of Dresden by hiding in a meat locker at his POW camp.
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stanford Colorado Viewing Party As Stanford Loses


On a sunny day at On The Rocks
Memories of a lousy season to block
At four and four the Cardinal travelled to Bison land
Seeking a fifth win to close on the Bowls to send its fans
The Bisons escaped the former Indian arrows and opened with six
The Cardinal quickly drove down to stall for three when the Bisons were not fooled by a screen play trick
Hope springs eternal even away and playing at over 5,000 feet
With only two field goals from Red Zone Cardinal not playing well, an omen for a defeat?
First half ends with Bison field goal
These are the times to try Cardinal fans’ souls
A rabid band of cheering Reds
Oonward. Upward, time to now surge ahead
Every point is a precious gem
Failed field goal in third quarter to close gap between us and them
Finally the fears the Bisons could no longer hide
Triskaidekaphobia strikes as number 13 catches a pass enroute to a touchdown ride
All we have to do is collect some first downs and run out the clock
Can’t do and with useless tap to a face mask
Into field goal range to tie completing its field goal task
Followed by a Cardinal three and out
Time for defense to the walls before the Bison mount
Try as they might the defense could not stop them on fourth down plays
 A Bison field goal to win as 2 seconds left as the ball kicked through the goal posts to Bowl dreams slay
Bowl game aspirations for Stanford for the worse change
Two out of three against the Cougs, Bears and the Irish looming Everest like mountain ranges
Not much of a chance against Notre Dame
Will have to beat the Cougs away hopefully in a Pullman free from snow or rain on game day
Then against Cal in the Big Game with meaning and a win needed to go to a Bowl and play
© November 10, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet   

November 10, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not United States Marine Corps Birthdayi


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 10, 2019 On the impeachment front, Senator Graham is blasting him for not wanting to know the truth and informing him in no uncertain terms, impeachment is DOA in the Senate if the “whistle blower” does not testify and subject himself or herself to cross examination (Schiff needs to be called as a witness to expose his lies on his dealings with the  “whistleblower”; if we thought there might be a chance however slim that the House impeachment proceeding would be impartial and allow the president even a modicum of due process, those hopes were dashed by Hack Hakeem Jefferies’ ”Get Lost” response to the Reds’ witness list and Schiff’s refusal to allow the “whistleblower” to be questioned; Nikki Haley has a book out in which she details Kelly and Tillerson confiding in her on the need to resist Trump’s policies which appalled her as it conflicted with her view that they should have gone to the president and voiced their concerns and if he disagreed, resigned; Blues who continue to ignore the fate of Bozo O’Dork and campaign on mandatory gun buybacks may not do well in Lake County Florida as it became the first jurisdiction in the nation to opt for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status; Utah will no longer mandate the limit on beer to not exceed 3.2% by raising the maximum limit to 4*% to the disappointment of craft beer and IPA lovers; De Niro is back in the news spouting that Giuliani is like a crime family and has lost his mind (takes one to know one De Niro;  in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of  November 9, 2019, 2416 have been shot, of whom, 413 have died but in a minor miracle none on the 9th ; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 296 have been murdered (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to the Eagles,  the fact you are blessed by not being profligate in your lifestyle and a relevant quote on the tearing down of the Berlin Wall by Gerhard  Schröder,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. United States Marine Corps Birthdaycelebrating the creation of the USMC on this day in 1775 with the first enlistees signing up at Tun’s Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.     
2. National Area Code Day—celebrating the creation of the three digit area codes that divide and distinguish service areas and provide us with toll free numbers and enabled us to direct dialing of long distance on this day in 1947 due to area codes.        
3. 1979 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1979 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RXe8_Ws9XA. This very talented band was formed in 1971 and is still going strong performing and going on tour.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “profligate” which means rashly extravagant which describes Blue spending and taxing habits to a tee.
5. Murphy’s Law--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1977 of noted singer and actress Brittany Murphy who died way too young from pneumonia with a large amount over the counter cold and flu drugs in her system. 
On this day in: 
      a. 1865 Confederate Major Howard Wirz had the dubious distinction of being one of only two Confederate soldiers tried, convicted and executed for war crimes due to the abysmal inhumane conditions at Camp Sumter prisoner of war camp near Andersonville, Georgia. 
      b. 1983 Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0.
      c. 1989 Germans begin to tear down the Berlin Wall.
 d. 1997 WorldCom and MCI Communications announced a $37 billion merger at that time the largest merger in history.
 e. 2018 the Camp Fire which had previously destroyed the town of Paradise had surpassed the Tubbs Fire as the most destructive wildfire in terms of structures destroyed in California’s history and had grown to 100,000 acres with 20% containment and still expanding.
Reflections on tearing down the Berlin Wall: "The Wall was not brought down by Washington, Bonn or Moscow. It was razed to the ground by the courageous and intrepid people, from both the East and the West.” Gerhard  Schröder, former chancellor of Germany.
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Biden Sinks Blumenthal A Winner He Thinks?


As Biden’s primary chances tainted by Hunter’s quid pro quo begin to unravel
Judge Judy declares for her candidate pounding on her gavel
To her the person who should be president is one who can this fractured nation unite
Someone who is not too far to the left nor too far to the right
In her mind that means Mike Blumenthal
Who until now by Biden’s standings has his hat into the ring been stalled
Today the former Mayor Nanny had his minions file in Alabama which votes on Super Tuesday
But holding back on the first four primary and caucus states campaigns not wanting to put his candidacy on display
Trump with his charges of quid pro quo Joe has already ravaged Biden and spit him out
Damaged goods, too much baggage and with his base rapidly losing any clout
Already his sights have moved to “Little Mike”
To expose him as the Nanny no one can stand or begin to like
Looks like a race of two billionaires against one incumbent billionaire
Ironic as the Blues move closer and closer to requiring the top one percent to their wealth share
Little Mike is more of a centrist who will not in the socialist schemes of AOC wallow
His views may be difficult if not impossible for the Squad to swallow
A progressive third party to split the Blue vote?
Any upset of Trump completely remote
A race to keep control of the Senate to continue the flood of the appointment of conservative judges
Who will from the conservative views of Scalia rarely if ever slightly budge
So Blues will be all in on impeachment followed by removal that is doomed to fail
How many Blue House or Senate members to save their seats from this farce will bail?
Making Pelosi’s term as Speaker her final swan song
Back to growing grapes for wine where she belongs
© November 8, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

November 8, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Urban Planning Dayoev0


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 8, 2019 As Biden sinks, wounded by the Quid Pro Quo allegations involving his son Hunter with respect to China and Ukraine, Blumenthal, the Nanny Mayor of New York City, appears to be ready to toss his hat into the ring so the party of the wealth tax may now have two billionaires on the primary ballot; Yanovitch, the former Ambassador to the Ukraine, seething most likely that Trump canned her may have fallen into the perjury trap as her private email server (shades of Hillary Clinton) reveals she may have communicated to a Democratic Congressional staffer contrary to what she testified under oath in a deposition involving Ukraine and the alleged quid pro quo of President Trump; Newsom must be a very busy governor or like too many Blues favors open borders and illegal aliens as he was a no show at a funeral of a deputy butchered by two illegal aliens (Blues have a fit when illegals often commit a violent crime like rape, assault, or murder on American citizens and wish the outrage would just disappear as opposed to securing the border); Joy Behar is back at her biased best making a fool out of herself, comparing the author of A Warning by an anonymous coward to “Deep Throat” in the Watergate Scandal, an observation promptly ridiculed by the two only sane members of The View, Huntsman and McCain; leftist Joe Scarborough finally said something this poet can agree with when he denigrated Anonomyous’ allegations by a dismissal of “Who cares?” (cowards sell books by hiding their identity and continue working for a person whose policies they disagree with and despise); black plantation owners like Maxine Waters must be quaking in their boots as Kanaye West urges blacks to not vote for Blues but for Reds (as they should given the low unemployment and wage growth in the black community due to Trump contrasted with the failing of blue big city mayors to do anything about crime, drugs and failing schools), Blumenthal may have filed just ahead of the deadline to get on the ballot in Alabama but on the 4 early primary and caucus states, he seems to have come down with Clintonitis Coronationitis and will not campaign in them (if he follows her queen looking to be coronated strategy he is doomed to a resounding failure in the primary and if unlucky enough to win to face Trump in the general);  in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of  November 7, 2019, 2401 have been shot, of whom, 412 have died; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 295 have been murdered (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Anne Murray,  the fact you are blessed by not have a prodrome and a relevant quote on architecture and urban planning by Zaha Hadid, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Urban Planning Daycreated in 1949 by Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires to promote interest in and study of urban planning techniques.     
2. National STEAM Day—created by MGA Entertainment in 2015 to encourage students to further their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.        
3. 1978 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1978 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “You Needed Me” by Anne Murray. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X79Jko9bBI. This very talented Canadian singer practiced her craft for 40 years until retiring in 2008; she is still going strong in retirement at 74 today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prodrome” which means an initial symptom of a disease like a severe and lasting  cough may be prodrome of pneumonia.
5. Clean and Sober and Successful--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of noted singer and guitarist Bonnie Rait who produced clinically proclaimed albums but did not achieve widespread commercial acclaim until becoming clean and sober in 1989 and is still going strong today and performing.  
On this day in: 
      a. 1972 HBO launched its programming with the broadcast of Sometimes A Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. 
      b. 1973 the right ear of John Paul Getty III was delivered to a newspaper along with a ransom note for $2.9 million which convinced his grandfather and father to pay the ransom; two of the kidnappers were tried and sentenced to prison and John Paul Getty struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and overdosed in 1981 but was revived as a quadriplegic to die in poor health at 54 in 2011.
      c. 1999 Bruce Miller was killed at his junkyard in Flint, Michigan by the online lover of his wife Sharee Miller, who subsequently committed suicide. Sharee Miller was convicted of the internet’s first murder and is in prison today serving a life sentence.
 d. 2002 the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling on Saddam Hussein to disarm the nuclear and chemical weapons he did not have or face serious consequences which with a subsequent invasion by coalition forces led by the United States he did—loss of rule and loss of life.
 e. 2004 10,000 American troops assisted by a small number of Iraqi forces participated in the successful siege of Fallujah in Iraq against insurgents, killing over 1,350 of them.
Reflections on Urban Planning: "I'm trying to discover - invent, I suppose - an architecture, and forms of urban planning, that do something of the same thing in a contemporary way. I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels; now I want them to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples.” Zaha Hadid, considered one of the best female architects who died way too early from a heart attack at age 65.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

To Be A Spry 103


On this day in 1916 Canada welcomed a baby girl on the Gaspe’ Coast
Who would leave her native land legally after becoming a nurse we all would toast
A child of The Great Depression that struck Canada hard too
Too many siblings to feed and to her grandmother where she grew
A fertile and poetic mind but with a desire to the less fortunate aid
Off to nursing school and then to join to the U.S. emigrant parade
To land as a nurse in a hospital in Spokane close to Farragut Naval Base
Where in due to a sister’s future husband to my father she would come face to face
Marriage vows to be followed by his shipping out to be in the Navy’s deadliest naval bout
The Japanese Navy before Okinawa had suffered too many routs
But the Kamikazes flying toward the invasion fleet had a lot of deadly clout
Through the hail of AAA suicide planes tried to take our ships out
A father on a Large Slow Target prayed it would not become a bull’s eye
As he watched ships by the dozens hit and thousands wounded or die
To live and return to Long Beach and make his wife a future mother
Not discharged and back to the Pacific to over his captain as a chief petty officer hover
I was born and in the Pacific my father decided in the Navy not to stay in
Returned and soon believed that in Alaska fame and fortune we would win
Off to Petersburg where my mom was the hospital’s nursing head
Paid well and in Little Norway  the family fortunes moved ahead
Between bedpans and syringes and the OR, poetry she wrote and published in the press
Along with my father passed on the iambic genes I could not in the future suppress
A divorce and remarriage and from the Island to leave
With her many friends and fellow nurses to her absence grieve
To run a doctor’s office in Coeur d’Alene until colitis forced her to retire
From nursing not life with mycology, college courses, poetry and pottery art to aspire
Lessons taught like the value of hard work and education I will take with me to my grave
A love of reading and creating poetry that causes many to admire and rave
On this day her birthday and had she not left, she would be a spry young 103
Will never forget the cribbage games, love, life lessons and knowledge she gave to me
© November 7, 2019 Michael P. Ridley